I strongly believe that many people are without an abundance in life because of the “this is all that I have left” mentality. I want to challenge you to SHIFT your thinking! I want to challenge you to be obedient to THE WORD OF GOD! The bible says that we are to GIVE (first) and THEN it shall be given to us, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. But you have to give first! You absolutely, positively can not receive an overflow if your hand is clenched. God first trusts us. He blesses us with jobs, money, income. It’s a slap in His face to not give Him anything back. Yes, He desires your praise and your worship (that’s your reasonable service) but according to the Word of God, He also REQUIRES your money. You can argue or disagree with ME but you can’t argue and disagree with His Word! The tithe (tenth) is what you OWE Him! The offering is a sign of love and appreciation towards Him. We’re missing out on the best in life simply because we lack maturity when it comes to giving. We focus on “what we have left.”
“But she said, “I swear by the Lord your God that I haven’t a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jar. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I must die of starvation.” ~1 Kings 17:12
The Prophet of God asked for water and then bread. The widow’s initial attitude was, “but this is all I have left.” Nevertheless, she was obedient to the instruction of the Prophet. Her obedience in giving away “what was left” caused her to live in overflow for the rest of her life! Not just her, but her son too! Listen, your obedience (or lack thereof) will have an effect on your children! If you refuse to be a giver, your children will suffer because of YOUR disobedience! If you want to see your children blessed, GIVE! Typically, when one member of a house is cursed, the whole house is cursed! Do away with that “this is all I have left” mentality and give your way out of poverty and lack! You can possess overflow if you would just open up your hand and say “Lord, I trust you because You trusted me first.” Remember, He gives seed to the sower!
I felt the leading of the Lord to talk about this today. My desire and prayer is that you come into the realization that God WANTS to bless you. He wants you to live a life of abundance. He wants you to walk in the overflow. But, you must be willing to give of what’s left. There’s such a blessing in the leftovers! And, little becomes much when you place it in God’s hands!